San Diego Zoo gorillas close to full recovery from COVID-19

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A gorilla troop at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has tested positive for COVID-19, San Diego Zoo Global said Monday. (Credit: San Diego Zoo Global)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are expected to make a full recovery weeks after testing positive for the coronavirus, including one who received antibody treatment.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that that Safari Park executive director Lisa Peterson said the eight western lowland gorillas were likely exposed by a zookeeper who tested positive for COVID-19 in early January.

Peterson said fecal samples from the gorillas are no longer testing positive for the virus.

She said some of the gorillas will get the COVID-19 vaccine from a supply not permitted for use in people.

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